Over the course of two days, dozens of people shared passionate comments with the Minnesota State High School League board.
"As a student, I'm here. This is hurtful. This is painful. This is so hard," said Zeam Porter, a high school student.
Many voiced support and opposition to a plan that spells out how schools should determine the eligibility of transgender students who want to play sports.
"I believe that by adopting this policy, we can change the current toxic climate of fear," Melissa Thompson, a parent, said to the board.
"I don't think it's too much to require students to participate on teams based on their gender, their sex, their biological anatomy, no matter how strongly they identify with another gender," said parent Daphne Edwards to the board.
"Professionals in the social sciences, and in medical science, understand that anatomy does not determine gender," Julie Tilsen, PhD, said to the board.
The Minnesota State High school League board was expected to vote Thursday morning on a draft that provides guidelines on the issue of transgender athletes.
Instead, they said they needed more time.
"I believe more work and collaboration needs to be done," Board Member Tom Graupmann said. "The current draft, I believe, doesn't have all the structure that other policies that we have as a board, as member schools of the high school league, would have."
Ultimately, the board voted unanimously to form a committee that will spend the next two months working on the policy to finally put transgender guidelines in place."
"This was revised recently, after the testimony [Wednesday], and many of us, of course, have been here and haven't had a chance to talk to our people about it, so this gives us a chance to do that," Board President Scott McCready said of the vote to table the decision.
A term board members used over and over again is that they wanted to "get it right."
The board will consider the proposal again at its next meeting Dec. 4.
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